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A double page spread for each number shares an animal (or plenty of them) doing something rhyming and whimsical. The illustrations are cute and often funny, and even when the rhyme isn't perfect, (14 capybaras eating bananas), it's humorous enough to not so much matter. A great and fun counting book. Up to Seven. Jamie Watson
A well researched biography of these two talented but flawed artists whose relationship was troubled but intense. With details of the time and many other public figures, Henry Ford, Nelson Rockefeller, Trotsy, Reef brings their time and politics to life as well, reflecting their public consciousness and communist sympathies. The end pages reflect the author's research and the photographs, generously interspersed add to the intensity of the story. Ten to Fourteen.
A young girl is anxious to be a detective and sees mysteries all around her until she falls into two, a rescued dog and a thief who has caused a classmate to lose his job. The language is simple but the story is complex enough to hold interest without being too predictable and Maisie's dog is sure to win over the hearts of many readers. Seven to Ten.
A mystery involving an old house with mysteries, mysterious and unexpected guests at Christmas time, a well loved orphan who longs to know his birth parentns while also feeling love for his adoptive parents. His personality quirks seem assuaged with the friendship of Meddy, who involves him in uncovering the many mysteries created by the guests appearances. Cocoa adds to the warmth of this story as do the well developed and quirky secondary characters and the power of telling stories helps to mvoe this story along. An old fashioned kind of story. Ten to Fourteen
itsu's life changes drastically after Pearl Harbor, first at school and among her friends, and then when her family is relocated to an internment camp and she has to leave behind her beloved Dog. larson focuses on what camp life is like from a child's perspective, especially her longing for her dog who writes to her faithfully. Young readers will emphasize and perhaps learn more charity towards those who may be considered "enemies". Seven to Ten.